Stuck in a Reading Rut? How to Create New Book Habits

  • 2018-03-01
  • The Wall Street Journal

Even the most accomplished readers get stuck in a rut, defaulting to books in a genre they know they’ll enjoy instead of taking a chance on something different.

But publishing professionals and readers who regularly flick between genres say you can find a new groove by looking to reliable sources and closely examining your literary habits.

Not knowing where to start in a new genre is “a classic challenge that most people face,” says Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, co-founder and editor in chief of Goodreads, a website where members record what they’re reading and rate and discuss books. Goodreads compiles lists of top books by genre by considering both a book’s average site rating and the number of members who have read it.